Federal Grants Opportunities

Department / Agency Office Program Program Amount Website Potential 911 Applicability NOFO Language related to NG911 Eligible Activities or Equipment Grants Team Interpretation of Eligible NG911 Activities
Department of Commerce (DOC) National Telecommunications and Information Administration 911 Grant Program $109,250,000 https://www.911.gov/project_911grantprogram.html Yes The 911 Grant Program provides grant funding to support state and local efforts to deliver optimal 911 services. The funding may be used for the implementation and operation of 911 services, E911 services, migration to an IP-enabled emergency network, and adoption and operation of Next Generation 911 services and applications. N/A
Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Community Oriented Policing Services Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (COPS/CTAS) Tribes with a sworn force of 1-9 officers are eligible for $300,000; 10-20 officers are eligible for $600,000; 20+ officers are eligible for $1,000,000 http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2489 Yes Applying for funding could include technology such as computer hardware and software, mobile data terminals, narrow-band radio upgrades, and dispatch and communication systems NG911 is not specifically mentioned. However, emergency communications funds may be applied to purchasing communications systems, computer hardware and software, and mobile data computers/laptops/terminals.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Community Oriented Policing Services Community Policing Development (COPS/CPD) Up to $10,000,000 available http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=2450 Yes The CPD Program advances the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, CPD grantees may integrate NG911 activities into planning related to community policing through partnerships, organizational management and systems, and problem solving techniques. These efforts can address public safety issues such as crime, social disorder and fear of crime.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) Awards of at least $25,000 are 4 years in length; Awards less than $25,000 are 2 years in length https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=59 Yes Projects support the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) and are fully coordinated with the full-time Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) in the state of the project. As the central coordination point for their state's interoperability effort, the SWIC plays a critical role, and can serve as a valuable resource. NG911 is not specifically mentioned in allowable costs. However, JAG grantees should consider integrating NG911 emergency response efforts when coordinating with SWICs. Additionally, plans for first response training on gun violence could be integrated into NG911 implementation or strategic planning if needed.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP)/National Institute of Justice (NIJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Grants (Law Enforcement, Geospatial, Criminal Justice IT) Varies http://www.nij.gov/funding/current.htm No None While past NOFOs have not directly related to NG911, these are research/academic grants that may or may not have an emergency communications component.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) $226,948,000 http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/hpp/Pages/funding.aspx Yes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended tiered strategy for capabilities include Tier 1, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, which include: Responder Safety and Health; Emergency Operations Coordination; Emergency Public Information and Warning; and Information Sharing

Examples of information sharing systems that contribute to the incident common operating picture include but are not limited to the following:
  • Bed tracking systems
  • EMS information systems
  • Health alert networks
  • Patient tracking systems
  • 911 call centers and systems
  • Web-enabled emergency management communications systems
  • Credentialing systems
NG911 is not specifically mentioned in allowable costs. However, HPP grantees may consider integrating NG911 implementation into emergency operations coordination and information sharing systems as part of their projects. Systems that are eligible for HPP funds may overlap with systems that support NG911 efforts including EMS information systems, 911 call centers and systems, Web-enabled emergency management communications systems, and credentialing systems.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Disease Control (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) $611,750,000 http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/coopagreement.htm Yes CDC's recommended tiered strategy for cabilities include Tier 1, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, which include: Responder Safety and Health; Emergency Operations Coordination; Emergency Public Information and Warning; and Information Sharing

Examples of information sharing systems that contribute to the incident common operating picture include but are not limited to the following:
  • Bed tracking systems
  • EMS information systems
  • Health alert networks
  • Patient tracking systems
  • 911 call centers and systems
  • Web-enabled emergency management communications systems
  • Credentialing systems
NG911 is not specifically mentioned in allowable costs. However, PHEP grantees may consider integrating NG911 implementation into emergency operations coordination and information sharing systems into their projects. PHEP investments made on EMS information systems, 911 call centers and systems, Web-enabled emergency management communications systems, and credentialing systems may overlap with NG911 efforts.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Community Connect Minimum grant request amount of $100,000 and maximum grant request of $3,000,000 per application http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-connect-grants Yes Grant applications include an analysis of the challenges of the following criteria, laid out on a community wide basis, and how the project proposes to address these issues, including public safety issues. While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, Community Connect grantees may integrate NG911 activities into planning related to public safety efforts.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Community Facilities Graduated Scale http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program Yes Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment. While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, Community Facilities grantees may integrate NG911 activities into planning related to public safety efforts such as as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles, or equipment.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Graduated Scale http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/telecommunications-infrastructure-loans-loan-guarantees Yes Through the Expansion of 911 Loan, USDA will leverage public and private resources to speed the rural deployment of dual-use public safety/commercial wireless networks, address homeland security communications needs along America's rural international borders, and finance enhanced 911 capabilities for carriers and communities. Advantages include the ability to precisely locate rural wireless 911 calls, contact 911 via text message, or send emergency responders photos or videos of crime scenes or accidents. The new regulation would also give RUS ability to finance wireless upgrades for public safety and security. While NG911 is not specifically mentioned in allowable costs, this grant contains 911 response efforts. Recipients of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan can integrate NG911 strategic planning with efforts to enhance 911 capabilities to support activities such as locating rural wireless 911 callers in an emergency, 911 text messaging, or sending emergency responders real-time photos/videos of accidents and crime scenes.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) S&T SBIR Phase 1: $100,000 Phase 2: $750,000 DNDO SBIR Phase 1: $150,000 Phase 2: $1,000,000 https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=a591b70cee17b77ebda2c70e67b144ce&tab=core&_cview=0 Yes To enable first responders to communicate seamlessly, a next generation communications system must include the following features: multimedia (support emergency responder's requirement for voice, data and video services); user friendly (auto detection, connection and configuration of wearable sensors and tools, including an array of available wireless communication devices); scalable (can incorporate new devices by using standard communication protocol); streamlined (automatically select the optimum communication network medium for communication); resilient (store and forward information when communication resources are congested or unavailable); ruggedized (able to withstand different extreme environmental conditions); weight and size (must be wearable in lightweight, compact enclosure); and availability (battery will support a minimum of 8 hours of emergency response operation). NG911 is not specifically mentioned. However, eligible investments made under SBIR may overlap with the strategic planning efforts for NG911 because it provides funding for next generation communications systems. Additionally, this grant allows for research on cyber security attacks, as well as different tools, techniques, and policies that would help mitigate cyber security attacks.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) FY 2018 Announcement Pending http://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant TBD TBD TBD
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Fire Prevention and Safety (AFG/FP&S) $34,000,000 http://www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants No None NG911 is not specifically mentioned. The FP&S grant program does not align with NG911 priorities because its objectives are focused on enhancing the safety of firefighters through fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety and health programming and prevention efforts.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) $350,100,000 https://www.fema.gov/emergency-management-performance-grant-program Yes
  • Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident
  • Communications plans: Developing and updating Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIP);
  • Evacuation planning: Developing/enhancing evacuation plans, including plans for alerts/warning, crisis communications, pre-positioning of equipment for areas potentially impacted by mass evacuations, sheltering, and re-entry.
NG911 is not specifically mentioned. However, EMPG grantees can incorporate NG911 strategies including investments for GIS Data and cybersecurity enhancement equipment into emergency communications efforts. Additionally, grantees can include NG911 activities in the SCIP and evacuation plans for the state and local jurisdictions.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Grant Program State Homeland Security Program (HSGP/SHSP) $402,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/homeland-security-grant-program Yes
  • Recipients investing in emergency communications must describe how activities align to their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Recipients must coordinate with their Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and/or Statewide Interoperability Governance Body (SIGB) when developing an emergency communications investment prior to submission to ensure the project supports the statewide strategy to improve emergency communications and is compatible and interoperable with surrounding systems
  • Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident
  • Mass casualty preparedness must be conducted in collaboration with state/city/local health departments that administer Federal funds from HHS to enhance the integration of local emergency management, public health, and health care systems into a coordinated, sustained local capability to respond effectively to a mass casualty incident or a response to catastrophic events and acts of terrorism.
Although NG911 is not specifically mentioned, SHSP grantees may integrate NG911 efforts into emergency communications activities that focus on responding to mass casualty incidents or catastrophic events and acts of terrorism. To implement these activities, investments can be made in mobile and portable electronic countermeasure systems, specialized communications devices for point to point communications, and cybersecurity projects, which may overlap with carrying out NG911 implementation. These activities must align with the SCIP and be coordinated with the SWIC.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Grant Program Urban Areas Security Initiative (HSGP/UASI) $580,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/homeland-security-grant-program Yes
  • Recipients investing in emergency communications must describe how activities align to their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Recipients must coordinate with their Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and/or Statewide Interoperability Governance Body (SIGB) when developing an emergency communications investment prior to submission to ensure the project supports the statewide strategy to improve emergency communications and is compatible and interoperable with surrounding systems
  • Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident
  • Mass casualty preparedness must be conducted in collaboration with state/city/local health departments that administer Federal funds from HHS to enhance the integration of local emergency management, public health, and health care systems into a coordinated, sustained local capability to respond effectively to a mass casualty incident or a response to catastrophic events and acts of terrorism.
Although NG911 is not specifically mentioned, UASI grantees may integrate NG911 efforts into emergency communications activities that focus on responding to mass casualty incidents or catastrophic events and acts of terrorism. To implement these activities, investments can be made in mobile and portable electronic countermeasure systems, specialized communications devices for point to point communications, cybersecurity projects, and GIS data gathering, all of which may overlap with carrying out NG911 implementation. These activities must align with the SCIP and be coordinated with the SWIC.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Grant Program Operation Stonegarden (HSGP/OPSG) $85,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/homeland-security-grant-program Yes
  • Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident
  • Continue to increase operational, material and technological readiness of state, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies.
While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, OPSG investments to increase operational, material, and technological readiness of state, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies may be integrated into NG911 activities to ensure timely response to catastrophic incidents.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) $10,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/tribal-homeland-security-grant-program Yes None While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, THSGP funds can be applied to mobile and portable electronic countermeasures systems, specialized communications devices for point to point communications, GIS data gathering, and cybersecurity developments that may support NG911 implementation.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) $60,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/nonprofit-security-grant-program Yes Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident. While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, NG911 activities may be eligible for NSGP funds as the program prioritizes spending on efforts to respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) $100,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/port-security-grant-program Yes Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident. While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, NG911 activities may be eligible for PSGP funds as the program prioritizes spending on efforts to respond quickly to catastrophic incidents. Qualified interoperable equipment that can be used for NG911 efforts include specialized communications devices for point to point communications. Investments on GIS systems are also eligible, which would support carrying out emergency communications activities under NG911. Funds for cybersecurity developments may also overlap with NG911 projects.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) $88,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/transit-security-grant-program Yes
  • TSGP funds may be used for the following types of planning activities: Development and enhancement of security plans and protocols; development or further strengthening of security assessments, including multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional partnerships and conferences to facilitate planning activities; and hiring of full or part-time staff and contractors or consultants to assist with planning activities (not for the purpose of hiring public safety personnel).
  • A coordinated response plan that establishes procedures for appropriate interaction with state and local law enforcement agencies, emergency responders, and Federal officials in order to coordinate security measures and plans for response in the event of a terrorist attack or other major incident
  • Methods to mitigate damage within a public transportation system in case of an attack on the system, including a plan for communication and coordination with emergency responders.
  • Funds can be used for interoperable equipment.
While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, TSGP investments to enhance security plans, protocols, and assessments may be integrated into NG911 coordination and implementation. Additionally, qualified interoperable equipment that can be used for NG911 efforts include specialized communications devices for point to point communications. Funds for cybersecurity developments may also qualify for certain NG911 projects.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) $2,000,000 https://www.fema.gov/intercity-bus-security-grant-program Yes
  • Supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident;
  • Other Authorized Expenditure Guidance: Emergency communications technology that focuses on theft prevention, real-time bus inventory, tracking, monitoring, and locating technologies: Coordinating with local police and emergency responders to address the response to and recovery from a catastrophic event and/or a terrorist attack;
  • Developing assessments or security plans that include, as appropriate: Identification and evaluation of critical assets and infrastructure, including platforms, stations, terminals, and information systems; identification of vulnerabilities to those assets and infrastructure; identification of gaps in physical security; passenger and cargo security, the security of programmable electronic devices, computers, or other automated systems which are used in providing over-the-road bus transportation; alarms, cameras, and other protection systems communications systems and utilities needed for over-the-road bus security purposes, including dispatching systems; emergency response planning; and employee training.
While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, NG911 efforts may overlap with IBSGP projects that include emergency communications technology that focuses on theft prevention, real-time bus inventory, tracking, monitoring, and locating technologies. Additionally, coordination between local police and emergency responders to address the response to and recovery from a catastrophic event or a terrorist attack, as well as investments for GIS data gathering and cybersecurity developments, could also be integrated into NG911 activities.